Richard, also known as “Grandpa Farm,” was born full Swedish May 12, 1941 at Braham Hospital, Minn. to Oscar and Gertrude (Carlson) Dahlquist. He grew up on the family farm, the third of five siblings, and attended Morse Country School in Grass Lake Township; graduating from Braham Area High school in 1959. Upon graduating, he enlisted in the Navy (aviation), becoming an “Aviation Structural Mechanic,” until he was honorably discharged in 1963.
Returning home, he bought his first farm, known prior as the “Fisher Farm” in Kanabec County. While farming, he also worked in the cities, employed first at Northland Ski Manufacturing in St. Paul, and then Super Radiator in St. Louis Park. Any days he could squeeze some fun in, he would go to the Rush City Roller Rink, showing off his fancy tricks and smooth moves on skates, charming a young woman (Jeanne Kane), who ended up marrying him in 1971, at St. Rose Lima Catholic Church. They spent the next 36 years together, and from their bond 4 children were born. Richard bought his parent’s farm in 1978, living there for a few years, before moving a few miles east, while he still owned and farmed there, moving back in 1990. Over 33 years of owning the place, he not only spent much of that time farming it, but also bettering the establishment, as well as working for many different local machine shops from the 1980s to early 1990s. He loved working with his hands, so he put his God given gift of carpentry to work, building a barn to house, at tops, 60 head of dairy cattle, various sheds for his machinery and equipment, sheds for animals, a garage, and a new house for his family, which he accomplished mostly all by himself.
Richard was a simple man, but an extraordinary character. He took pride in his work, and stayed independent, even up to his death. Many would say he worked harder than he had to, but staying active was one of his main philosophies. He was a very smart man, knowing an outstanding amount of facts, such as politics, places and dates that past events occurred; much important history, which he acquired through reading countless newspapers, magazines, and books. He was his own “Almanac.” Dropping by his place over the years, you’d often find him chopping wood, driving tractor out in the fields, milking cows, wrenching on those too often broken down pieces of machinery. If you caught him in the house, he’d most likely be sitting in his chair, sipping his black coffee while listening to WCCO, watching the Twins play, or reading. Some other enjoyments of his were; taking trips into town every week, whether it was going to the Sales Barn in Mora every Wednesday for the Auctions, heading over to the Grasston Feed Mill, or going out to eat with family, especially at the Park Café in Braham and his favorite; Hardees in Mora. Richard was a very likeable guy, a good-talker, and is surely loved and missed by all his family, grandkids, friends, and relatives. Thank you dad, “Grandpa Farm,” for the time you walked among us.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Jeanne, sister Jane, and niece Dianne Hoberg.
Richard is survived by his children (and spouses); Paul (Nikki) Dahlquist of Mora, Becky (Jason) Sanborn of Ogilvie, Mark (Addie) Dahlquist of Dalbo, Elizabeth (Nick) O’Brien of Princeton; grandchildren Alivia, Cecelia, Chloe, Marcus, and Hannah; sisters Marjorie and Linda, brother David; nieces and nephew; many other relatives and friends.
A Funeral service was held on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at the Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church of Braham with Deacon Tom Pinataro officiating. Readers were Kari Kelling, Lindsay Rollins, and Diane Jacobson. Music was provided by Joni Nelson, and Sara Dahlquisit. Casketbearers were Mike Kunst, Fred Kelling, Larry Heikes, Tim Vaagenes, Dan Eklund, and Gary Fix. Interment was in the Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery of Braham. Arrangements were by the Rock Ingebrand Funeral Home of Braham.